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Salary– $2,957.00 – $3,821.00 Monthly
Field Data Collection – Sport Fishery Surveys:
- Collect detailed information from anglers participating in salmon/steelhead sport fisheries during on-site interviews at area boat launches and shoreline fishing access areas.
- Determine efforts through boat trailer index counts and interviews.
- Identify harvest to species and collect biological information from the harvest including number, length, gender, fin clips, coded wire tags, and collect scales for aging.
Field Data Collection – Stream Surveys:
- Collect post spawn salmon carcasses in-river by boat and along shorelines within the WDFW District 4 waters of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers.
- Perform sampling protocols that follow sport fishery methods with the addition of otolith collection (aging and origin) and spawn success (egg retention).
- Females will be dissected to determine spawn success – all carcasses will be cut in half post sampling to avoid duplicate sampling.
- Responsible for ensuring all biological samples are collected following field sampling protocols defined by their supervisor(s).
- Scan all Salmon for the presence of coded wire tags.
- Fish with a code wire tag present will be sampled following standard protocols and the snout will be removed and transported to the WDFW District office for processing.
- Work Setting, including hazards:
- Work is primarily conducted in the field, outdoors, during all-weather conditions, it includes hiking over rough/slippery terrain, potential encounters with dangerous wildlife including rattlesnakes, working in primitive locations, and working with chemicals for biological sampling (ethanol) and vehicle operations (gasoline & oil).
- Field work requires traveling to multiple public access sites/remote locations and includes working on-river in the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River and the lower 30 miles of the Yakima River.
- Fulltime and may occasionally require work over 40 hours per week.
- Scheduled days and hours of work will vary and will require work on all weekends.
- Travel Requirements:
- Routine travel to public and primitive access sites along the Columbia River and lower Yakima River.
- State vehicle will be provided – stream surveys will require travel and routinely working from boats in the Columbia River.
- Tools and Equipment:
- Vehicle, boats, knives, sampling and data recording supplies, CWT (Coded Wire Tag) wand, life jacket, rain gear, gloves, waders, and a mask.
- Customer Interactions:
- Position will require strong communication skills with daily interactions with anglers and the public during creel surveys.
- Technician will be collecting angler information on fishing times, locations, catch, and harvest in addition to biologically sampling all fish from each boat/angler.
Graduation from high school/GED including one (1) year of high school science.
Two (2) years of laboratory or field experience as an assistant to a biologist, chemist, or zoologist.
Experience with entering data into Excel and/or Access databases.